Weekend Family Highlights: MakerFest, Superhero Fun, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Friday, Aug 26, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here and we’ve rounded up plenty of fun and family friendly things to do in our area. Check ‘em out!

The 21st annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess will be held on Saturday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing, NY) from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Families can enjoy an exciting array of free tennis activities geared toward kids, plus live music and attractions. Tennis superstars Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be there, and there will be a stadium show with performances by Flo Rida, Zara Larsson, Troye Sivan, Jordan Fisher, Laura Marano and Forever In Your Mind. Disney Channel’s Joey Bragg will co-host the event along with Fisher and Marano. Stadium show tickets are available online. Visit the website for more information and schedule.

Indian Drumming

Morris Museum (6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown) will host Indian Drumming with Taalim School on Saturday at 1:00 PM. Indian hand drums table are one of the most recognizable Indian percussion instruments and is the main rhythmic instrument of Hindustani or North Indian classical music. It’s also hear today in pop and hip-hop music. This all-ages interactive performance workshop will feature dancer and percussionist Jin Won, and will explore the rhythm and language of Indian hand drums. This event is free with Museum admission, which is $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 and up. Children under 3 are free. Continue Reading

Montclair Overseas Neighbors to Host “Mostly Mozart in Montclair” Piano Competition

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Word is Love

Montclair’s Overseas Neighbors Sister Cities program will host a “Mostly Mozart in Montclair” piano competition for young musicians ages 14 to 18 years old, on Saturday, November 12, 3:00 – 6:30 p.m., at the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ. The competition is open to high school students in Montclair and surrounding towns. Prizes to be awarded are $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $150 for third place. Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair: Fall Programs and Return of 7th Grade Initiative!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The YMCA of Montclair’s Park Street Branch today announced their new fall programs, including many exciting options for youth and teens. In addition, the 7th Grade Initiative returns, a free school year offering which includes memberships to 7th graders in the service area of Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona.

!7th Grade Initiative Mentors Continue Reading

Montclair BOE: Charter School, Communications, Busing, School Lunches

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Board of Education managed to cover numerous topics in its relatively short meeting on August 22.  Interim Superintendent Ronald Bolandi provided an update on the letter to be sent to New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe.  He reported that the owner of the building where the charter school would be located has not completed any agreement with the school’s proprietors, which he saw as a key point in opposing the approval of the charter school.  The board approved the letter, 6-0 (board member Eve Robinson was absent), which Superintendent Bolandi planned to send Commissioner Hespe the following day.

The Montclair Board of Education

The Montclair Board of Education

In public comment, resident Sarah Blaine updated the board on community opposition to the charter school, saying that she had collected over a thousand letters from opponents and would be forwarding them to Trenton.  Board President Jessica de Koninck also reported that there would be a rally against the charter school application at the Montclair High School amphitheater on September 14, and she urged anyone who could not attend the September 7 meeting of the state school board to write to Trenton to keep the pressure on.

Also, board member Anne Mernin reported on the communications committee’s review of how to improve access between the board and the public.  Among the ideas suggested was a Q&A session on the board’s Web site which addresses questions raised at school board meetings that would be “translated” to general-interest questions – i.e., a question about why a particular coach wasn’t selected to run a team to a question about how coaches are selected – to better explain how such decisions are made.    She also noted the need to answer questions that surfaced outside the board through e-mails, and she also brought up the need to reach out more to people who did not regularly attend board meetings, possibly through principals’ online newsletters and publicizing agendas for upcoming meetings on the main page and also putting videos of meeting on TV34. Continue Reading

Montclair Geyer Family Y’s Fall Season Begins 8/29

BY  |  Monday, Aug 22, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Geyer Family Branch is excited to announce Fall I session registration and to welcome the fall season with new classes and special events.

Registration for the Fall I session begins Monday, August 29 for those with a family membership and Tuesday, August 30 for Kinder members and new members. The new session runs from Monday, September 12 – October 29, 2016.

Geyer Gym Class

Geyer is also adding some fun new classes this fall. In addition to the popular swim, dance, science, cooking, art and gym classes offered in past sessions, new classes for fall include two cooking classes, “Dinner in 30: Family Style” and “30 Minute Chefs” and a new art class, “Recycled Art”. Geyer is also adding progressive levels to three popular program areas at Geyer. Ballet, gymnastics and basketball will now feature three different levels to encourage learning and growth. Continue Reading

Brookdale ShopRite and Bloomfield Police Promote Child Welfare and Safety With Childrens’ ID Cards

Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Bloomfield PD finally has its own portable Identicard Machine – thanks to a $5,000 check presented to them by Neil Greenstein, owner of Brookdale ShopRite this week.

For years, BPD have borrowed a machine from Livingstone PD to use at community events. When Greenstein heard about it, he said Bloomfield needs its own machine to use as often as possible and produce childrens’ ID cards complete with photo, fingerprints, and the Bloomfield PD insignia on the back.


Last month, Greenstein offered to pay for the new equipment – “we are happy help Bloomfield Police promote children’s welfare in our community.” Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Jaws,Newark Comic Con, Night Tours, Fun Fairs

BY  |  Friday, Aug 19, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! The weather is cooler — so get out and have fun!


Start off the weekend with a free movie under the stars! Montclair Film Festival will host its final free outdoor screening of the season on Church Street in Montclair. Tonight’s feature is Jaws, the 1975 classic film about a shark that terrorizes the New England tourist town of Amity Island. This film is rated PG. The movie will start at dusk (approximately 8:45 PM), but come early to enjoy live pre-show music by Mamou’s Party! Be sure to bring your lawn chair!

Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will be hosting Night Tours, a guided tour to meet the creatures of the night, on Friday at 8:00 PM. Bring a flashlight for the full effect! Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Call 973-731-5800 x 221 to register. Cost is $7 per person.

ren faire

The New York Renaissance Faire (600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY) continues this weekend. Travel back in time to Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance. The faire is open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for adult tickets, the stage schedule and special events. The faire is open Saturdays and Sundays through October 2, 2016, as well as Labor Day.

The Passaic County Fair will be held at Garret Mountain Reserve (Woodland Park) this weekend. Enjoy carnival rides, music, vendors, a petting zoo and pony rides, exotic foods and more! The fair will be open on Friday from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. A shuttle will be provided from the parking areas to the fair.

newark comiccon

On Saturday, visit Newark Comic Con at Waterfront Place (1100 McCarter Hwy, Newark) from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Tickets are $35 per person; kids 5 and under are free. Check out the vendors, cosplayers, comic creators, panel discussions, musical guests and more!

canal day
This Saturday is Canal Day at Hugh Force Canal Park (180 West Central Avenue, Wharton). This old time country fair celebrates the Morris Canal and its contribution to the development of the communities along its banks. Enjoy musical artists performing on two stages or take a free kayak ride and a narrated boat ride on the Morris Canal. Enjoy Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo, an arts and crafts show, blacksmith demonstrations, pony & hay rides, fireworks and more! Visit the website for a full schedule.

For the rest of August (not just the weekends!) drop by the Haggerty Education Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township) for the Summertime Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. July’s theme is “America, the Beautiful.” Grab a camera or a phone and stop in to pick up the list. Head outside and take a picture of every item. Return the list and get a prize! Cost is $10 per family (exact change please). The program runs all day between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

Baristanet’s Big Wet New Jersey Waterpark Guide!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

There are still a few more weeks before school starts. Beat the heat and check out a great New Jersey waterpark. All listed here are within about an hour and a half drive from Montclair area!

Coco Key Water Resort

Coco Key Water Resort

CoCo Key Water Resort & The Hotel, Mt. Laurel: This indoor waterpark features a number of slides, an aquatic jungle gym, a lazy river, and Lily Pad Adventure, an activity pool that requires both balance and strength. There’s also a one-foot deep wading pool with baby slides and the Baby Bungee for little ones.
• Hours of operation – August: Sunday – Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:00 with occasional midweek closures. September: Weekends only. Check website for details.
• Day Passes are $27.99 to $32.99 per person ages 3-64.
• Overnight packages available.

Tomahawk Lake Waterpark, Sparta: With seven waterslides and a number of other boating activities including bumper, paddle, and rowboats, there’s plenty of water fun for everyone. When you’re done with the water, enjoy mini golf, table tennis, horse shoes, tent arcades, volley ball and scooter rides.
• Hours of operation – August/September: Weekdays, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM; Weekends, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (6:30 close in September). Park closes for the season September 5.
• General admission: Adults $12 weekdays; $14 weekends and holidays. Children (8 and under) $11 weekdays; $12 weekends and holidays. Wrist band packages available for unlimited rides. Boat rides are additional.
• Cash only!

Sahara Sam's

Sahara Sam’s

Sahara Sam’s Oasis, West Berlin: This park features indoor and outdoor attractions including water slides, indoor and outdoor leisure pools, a lazy river, an indoor surf simulator, an adventure playground, a family slide, a cargo obstacle course, an in-pool basketball court, and an outdoor wave pool. There are indoor and outdoor toddler areas for the little ones. When you’re done with the water, there’s an arcade and dining options.
• Hours of operation: August Weekdays, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (some days the park closes at 4:00 PM. Weekends, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. September, 10:00 AM to 7:00 most weekends. Check website for details.
• Day passes available for $29.95 per person ages 3-64 online; $36.95 walk-up. Discounts offered for admission after 3:00 PM.
• Annual memberships available.

Casino Pier Breakwater

Casino Pier Breakwater

Casino Pier Breakwater Beach Waterpark, Seaside Heights: This waterpark has been recently renovated. The park boasts water slides, an interactive multi-level play area, and dancing fountains. There are two Hot Springs for the chillier days. The Lazy Crazy River features cannons and bubbles so it’s anything but relaxing! Casino Pier also has amusement park rides, mini-golf, go-karts, an arcade and more.
• Hours of operation: August: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM most days. September: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on September 5, 10, and 11. Park closes for the season September 12.
• All day admission, early bird specials, and twilight admission available. Rates vary based on age and height. Spectator passes are available. Refer to the website for pricing details. Continue Reading

Pokémon GO Zoo Nights Wednesday & Thursday Nights in August at Turtle Back Zoo

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 12:06pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weather cooled down and tonight (and all remaining Wednesdays and Thursdays in August), from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, enjoy catching unique creatures throughout the Turtle Back Zoo at 17 PokeStops and 1 Gym only accessible from on grounds. (Nearby the South Mountain Recreational Complex has a total of 27 PokeStops and 3 Gyms all within walking distance of Zoo parking).

Pokémon GO Zoo Nights Wednesday & Thursday Nights in August at Turtle Back Zoo

Lures are released in the Zoo every half hour during the event, attracting a wide variety of Pokémon due to the zoo’s varied habitats. Paid admission is required to enter the Zoo each evening. To share the fun, tag your Pokémon screenshots on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #TBZGO or @TurtleBackZoo.

Fuel up at the new Savanna Café for a cool beverage and a bite to eat. ZANZIBAR now open till 7pm on Family Fun Nights with beer and wine options at Savanna Café terrace.

This event is part of the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo’s Family Fun Nights. The Zoo has extended hours to 8:30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 6th to September 1st. Last zoo admission 8pm.

*Please note children 14-years-old and under must be chaperoned by an adult (18-years-old or older)

Tonight you can also catch Finding Nemo — with a screening on parking deck rooftop!

TONIGHT: Enjoy a free screening of Finding Nemo on our parking deck rooftop! Film begins at dusk. Rain cancels. BYO Chair.

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Back To School Supply Collection at Montclair POP-UP Artisan Market, 8/20

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

!schoolunnamed (6)Montclair Pop-Up, at its Artisan Market this Saturday, will collect school supplies for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. All supplies will be donated to the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Human Needs will distribute them to their clients at the end of August.

If you’re a parent, you know how expensive it is to buy everything on the required-supply list that schools give out. And if you’re already struggling to put food on the table, buying supplies can be a huge burden. Human Needs Pantry donors have been generous already, but the Pantry serve hundreds of local families, so more items are needed to give away in a few short weeks!

All ages will be served — preschool through college! All items are welcome–crayons and colored pencils for the little ones; scientific calculators, book covers, combination locks, etc. for the older kids.

The pantry receives a lot of requests for: Continue Reading

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YES!!! My favorite local event!!! Great news!!! Thank You to all who worked to make this possible!!

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